Casita Linda, A.C.

The purpose of Casita Linda A.C. is to provide environmentally compatible, low cost, comfortable, homes for families living in extreme poverty who reside in greater San Miguel de Allende. Casita Linda further provides guidance for families to improve their health, education, maintenance of their homes and communities.
Oct 2, 2016

Spirit of Hope Gala

Gala
Gala

 

              Casita Linda Gala:Oh la la! A Night In The French Park 

 

We will be holding our 5th Annual Spirit of Hope Gala, “An Evening in the French Park”, on October 8.  The Gala has       become known as one of the best parties of the year in San Miguel.  It is always a fun night with champagne, hors    d’oeuvres, an open bar, a seated dinner, dancing and lots of surprises.

We are auctioning off fabulous trips to Paris, Tuscany, New York, Napa Valley, and Punta Mita and elegant private dinner parties. All proceeds benefit Casita Linda and its mission to build homes for the poorest of the poor here in our community. Juarez Park is so beautiful at night and we look forward to having all of you join us.

Jul 5, 2016

Summer 2016

Workshop 1
Workshop 1

 

Casita Linda recently began a program with the Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende, a wonderful school for the deaf established under the leadership of John Dougherty. For years, Wayne Helfrich, a longtime patron of Casita Linda, built clever wooden puzzles and sold them at TOSMA, the Saturday organic market, donating all of the proceeds to Casita Linda. Helfrich recently donated his woodworking tools and supplies to the school. The deaf children now learn woodworking skills and make the puzzles. Casita Linda continues to sell the puzzles at TOSMA, and the two organizations share the proceeds. The students also build bed frames to furnish Casita Linda homes.
In addition, Casita Linda has teamed up with two talented community leaders, Magda Perez López and Ilian Barrera, to offer a series of workshops to new Casita Linda homeowners. The participants are studying organic gardening and nutrition, affirming their personal and community values, building self-esteem, and learning ways to address problems of addiction and violence in their families. They have come together to work to improve their community. Empowered, they are now preparing an appeal to the municipal government in hopes of bringing desperately needed running water, electricity, and paved roads to their colonia.

Casita Linda also partners with organizations providing eco-friendly products that work well in these off-grid houses. Each Casita Linda family receives an eco-stove designed purchased from Stove Team International. This program is currently funded by San Miguel’s Unitarian Universalist congregation. In addition, each family receives a solar light, funded in part by One Million Lights. Casita Linda volunteers also provide furnishings, blankets, warm clothes, and other needed supplies for the homes. “We are well on our way to building our 100th house in early 2017,” notes board president Louise Gilliam, “and it is largely due to people like this who make up our wonderful community and to our donors throughout the US, Canada and Europe.”

Workshop 2
Workshop 2
Blanket Babes 1
Blanket Babes 1
Apr 7, 2016

Spring has sprung in San Miguel!

Spring has sprung here in San Miguel and Casita Linda families on the waiting list are thankful the cold weather has passed.  The Board of Directors, building crew, and volunteers are moving forward as fast as we can to provide suitable housing for deserving recipients here in our community.  Board member Kim Slote recently wrote a letter to her friends and family that beautifuly describes the new workshops we've implemented for the women of Casita Linda homes and the impact these workshops are having on their lives. 

Dear friends and family,

I know that you are all super busy and have your own causes that you donate to, but I hope that you'll read all the way through my email :)

As many of you know, I am on the Board of Directors for Casita Linda (www.casitalinda.org), a very special non-profit organization here in my adopted home of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Casita Linda builds houses for the very poorest families in our city – people living in the most dilapidated shacks imaginable that are pieced together with plastic tarps, pieces of metal and scraps of wood (you can see an example in the attachment). The families put in dozens of hours of “sweat equity” and take tremendous pride in helping build their homes. Their lives are forever and fundamentally changed once they are in their new homes – just to have a solid roof over their heads, doors that lock, an indoor toilet, and concrete floors that don’t become mud baths in the rain…Everything that you and I take for granted in our own lives.

A couple of years ago, we made the commitment to provide more than just houses, though. Now we give the families mattresses and bedframes, warm blankets, clothing, solar lights, eco stoves, and basic furniture. It’s our way of helping them make the house a real home.

Our newest commitment as of 2016 is to help these families become as successful as possible, despite their extreme poverty. To this end we’ve hired two extraordinary women, Ilian Barrera and Magda Perez, to provide two workshops a week to the mothers of our Casita Linda families in the Nueva Pantoja neighborhood that we have been focusing on for the past 20+ houses. The topics that they have covered so far include self-esteem, value systems, goal-setting, nutrition, personal hygiene, child-rearing, family communication, and the importance of education for their children’s future. Please open the attachment to see some photos of the workshops.

I’m reaching out to you to ask if you might consider a donation to Casita Linda at this time – either to help pay for the cost of a new house or to help us cover the cost of the next three months of workshops for the moms (donations are tax deductible). This next series of workshops will focus on sexuality, birth control, safe sex, domestic violence, child abuse, and drug/alcohol addiction. What I am personally very excited about is that the workshop facilitators are also teaching the women community advocacy skills and showing them that they can advocate for their rights. Already the women have met with the mayor to ask that basic services, such as water, electricity and paved roads, be brought into their neighborhood. And soon they will be learning how to initiate reforestation and organic gardening projects to their community. Ilian and Magda are also helping bring teachers to the community to provide continuing education for the moms in small groups where they live so that they can get either middle or high school degrees.

These workshops are an exciting new step forward for Casita Linda. I hope that you will join Casita Linda on this journey of empowerment, personal growth and community development for our families.

Thank you a million times over!!!

Cheers, Kim

 
   

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